Apparently the fashion gods have decreed that nothing says US Open like a whole bunch of RED. Red colored kits have by far been the most popular among the men, especially among the Adidas set.
I often wonder what the thought process is behind the choice of certain colors. In this case, I’m thinking it went something like this: “Hmmm, US Open is played in New York City. NYC is known as the Big Apple. I know! Let’s dress everyone in like big red apples!”
People normally wear red to stand out in the crowd. But when EVERYONE is dressed in red (I have counted 13 so far. In addition to who is pictured here, Dolgolopov, Falla, Troicki, Mayer, Lu, de Bakker, Nalbandian, and Verdasco were all in red. Did I miss anyone?), it kind of loses its effect.
Besides, it’s not as if red has the best connotations. Sure, it can indicate fire and power. But “red shirts” are known as characters in a science fiction or adventure stories (think LOST) whose sole dramatic purpose is to get killed by the story’s villain and/or intinerant monster. In other words, they are “cannon fodder.” Does any professional athlete who plays in an individual sport really want to characterize himself as doomed cannon fodder?
Or perhaps I’m in the minority on this one. I have never claimed to be a fashion plate. What do you guys think? Loving the red? Or does seeing this sea of red make you see red?
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